News and practice for genetics nurse specialists
Amended coeliac disease guidelines mean some symptomatic children can now be diagnosed without having to have a biopsy of their small bowel.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with a range of serious complications, and accounts for significant costs to the NHS. Dietary and lifestyle change can reduce its impact.
Osteogenesis imperfecta - commonly known as brittle bone disease - is a rare inherited disease that can present as trauma fractures in babies and children.
A population study found that people with epilepsy had a substantially greater risk of premature mortality than the general population and unaffected siblings
As genomic testing becomes embedded in mainstream medicine, health professionals need to understand the role of genetics in disease
All newborn babies in England will be offered screening for four additional rare genetic disorders from today, public health officials have announced.
NHS England has announced 11 new centres across the country that it is hoped will lead the way in genetics research to transform the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and rare diseases.
NHS England’s senior geneticist has suggested nurses are key to ensuring patients remain central to care, as genomic technologies become increasingly important in healthcare.
A class of 30-year-old HIV drugs could in future be used to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, scientists believe.
The search for new cancer treatments has taken a significant step forward with a new insight into how cells multiply, scientists have announced.
With the lifetime risk of cancer being one in three, it is now becoming commonplace to see the condition woven into popular television dramas.
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“Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds,” reports the Guardian. A large study found people genetically programmed to have lower vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS).
“Plucking hairs ‘can make more grow’,” BBC News reports, while the Daily Mail went as far as saying scientists have found “a cure for baldness”. But before you all reach for your tweezers, this discovery was made in mice, not humans.
“Patients with the highest genetic risk of suffering a heart attack benefit the most from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs,” The Guardian reports.